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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. ...
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Hello SparkFriends, I'm Monty!
-In 1975, I left the Armed Forces with a 25% disability! I was told that I would be in a wheelchair by the time I was 45!
-After being an athlete and going through weight fluctuation all my life, I had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2000, messed up all my blood work numbers, ate garbage, and forgot what exercise was! My maximum density had reached 258 lbs! After a reality check and ten years, I got rid of 30 lbs. But I slipped and started going back up. After moving to Fl, I was down to around 222.
-On Oct 17, 2010, I was around 215 when introduced to SP. By the end of that month, I had started walking, I realized strength training again, I started fueling clean, and accepted a healthier lifestyle. (Slowly but safely.) I also discovered I loved walking 5Ks. I had done 4 official 5Ks and always envied the runners going by. I trained and became a runner at 60! Since Nov. 2010, I've done over 60 5Ks, 1 8K, 7 10K, 1 10Miler, 9 Half Marathons, 2 Duathlons & 10 Triathlons! I turned 65 years young on May 25, 2015 and am a member of the Outspokin Bicycles Triathlon Team!
-I lost 57 lbs inside of 5 months, a total of 100 lbs! I reached my goal weight and have been maintaining for over 4 years! I'm on the journey and I love it! SparkPeople provides me a source of accountability. The best way I can pass it forward is to be a positive force and help everyone here along our journey!
-There are slight bumps in the journey's road. DON'T dwell on them. Taking a break or leaving for a while only hurts you, and makes for easy excuses! Focus on your dreams and you will soar to your goals. Do it for you!
-It's simple. I want to be able to enjoy a longer life with my family here in Paradise! I'm taking back the years lost! Commitment, consistency, and persistence with no excuses or walking away is the winner's way! I am accountable. I wouldn't want it any other way!
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Member Since: 10/17/2010

SparkPoints: 253,188

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My Goals:
For 2015:
1) Focus on safe running & better training practices.
DOIN' IT!
2) Become a better Triathlete.
DOIN' IT!
3) Continue to prove by example that the Spark Plan to live healthy works.
DOIN' IT!
4)Support, motivate and inspire all my SparkFriends any way I can.
DOIN' IT!
5) Focus on intrinsic values & enjoy the journey!
DOIN' IT!

My Program:
For 2015:
1) Continue as a role model for my granddaughter and to work to inspire others.
2) Continue to represent Outspokin Multisport Team.
3) Optimize Nutrition.
4) Always cook healthy.
5) Always be in learning mode.
6) Stay positive and passionate about life!


Personal Information:
-I live in Dunedin, Fl, with a Palm Harbor address, by the beach! (Welcome to Planet Florida!)
-I'm "retired" after 32 years of government service with the last 24 at The Pentagon. :P
- I Chair the Public Affairs Action Advisory Committee, and ExOfficio on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory & Stadium Advisory Committees for the City of Dunedin, Fl
- I'm Event Lead for Dunedin Relay for Life
- Technical & creative consultant, providing reviews and commentaries on several social networks.
-Member of the Outspokin Multisport Race Team.
-Member of Team Hope for the Warriors Tampa
-I was led to SparkPeople by my wife, DSSECRETS, in Oct '10 ! I can honestly say that SP strengthened our bond, friendship, and love.
- I've been to hell on earth! I've had 7 near death experiences!
I'm a survivor, still suffer guilt from it, BUT I'm now embracing life to the fullest!



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"I've been high, I've been low, I've been yes and I've been oh hell no!"

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HETTA1949
2/6/2016 3:27:27 AM

Hi there, I am retired military and the USArmy said I was disabled also. I may be but I refuse to own the label.



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SHEILA150
1/22/2016 10:17:31 AM

Wow Monty, the first half of your story is mine... I needed to read this, Thanks. I am from paradise too Sarasota, where are you?



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BERGBA7
1/14/2016 6:06:47 AM

Thank you for the support and good ideas! Yes, chair exercise and upper body strength training is on my plate for the next weeks! Have a great run in sunny Florida!



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SIXFOOT1
1/8/2016 5:28:53 AM

Hi Monty! Thank you for your wonderful compliments on my blog a couple of days ago. Very nice of you!



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BERGBA7
1/6/2016 4:53:20 AM

Thank you for your nice encouragement! I am itching to go running again, but the thought of making the injury last longer if I don't rest enough keeps me off the foot! The foot shall heal well and I will be back running faster and stronger when healed and set new fresh records!
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